From a college instructors perspective, I could understand the "A". That being said, I also knew it was a catch 22 for the students. They spent over a year getting trained and then had a hard time getting a job because of the "A".
I say let the resume speak for itself. If you pass the exam, which everyone agrees is hard. Then you are qualified to get a coding job. Are you an excellent coder? Becoming a really good coder comes with working on the job. Just like another person mentioned that she graduated as an RN. If you are hired right after you pass your boards then your employer knows you are a new RN and need some working experience under your belt before they send you out there on your own. They have a mentor program now in a lot of hospitals for that very reason. If you pass you CPC in Jan. 2012 and get a job in March then that employer knows you passed and that you may need some time with a mentor but you are qualified to start coding.
In my opinion they could drop the "A" and extra testing. Let the resume and dates speak for experience. Most employers offer a pre-employment exam. The coder does not need any more testing then that.
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